From The Greeley Tribune (Tommy Wood):
The beginning of the project was delayed because Evans kept the bidding for contractors open for a longer period than it planned, which pushed the project completion date to August 2018. The increased costs come from more complicated trash removal than contractors foresaw, and from increased wages for workers mandated by the Davis-Bacon Act. The project will cost $12.1 million, still under the $13.2 million budget.
Riverside Park, 4000 Riverside Parkway, was destroyed in the 2013 floods when a berm protecting the park broke and inundated it under seven feet of water. The flood scattered debris all over the park and uncovered a landfill underneath Evans officials said they were unaware of. The park has been closed to the public since.
Keith Meyer, the project manager for the restoration, said workers discovered asbestos in the trash that made cleanup riskier than they’d foreseen. It’s also heavier and denser than expected because it’s packed with dirt. Because Evans is paying for trash removal by the ton, that added $976,488 to trash removal costs.
Additionally, Meyer said, Evans has to pay a total of $27,567 to workers to conform to the Davis-Bacon Act, which mandates public works laborers be paid the local prevailing wage — the hourly wage, usual benefits and overtime paid in the largest city in each county.
The council will vote whether to accept the added costs in its next meeting, at 7 p.m. Jan. 2.